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Jury finds Berger not guilty in appeal of protective order violation

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick Count jury has found New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger not guilty of violating a protective order. Berger had appealed an earlier ruling that he had violated the order back in November.

Berger’s appeal came down to a war of words today. His attorney Thom Goolsby says Berger never knowingly violated an order to stay from his ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock.

Goolsby says the entire situation became an issue, because New Hanover County Community Action Executive Director Cynthia Brown did not want Berger digging into her organization. Berger was arrested after he attended a Community Action meeting in November. Blaylock works for the organization. Berger says he did not know she worked there, and that he attended the meeting in his official capacity as a commissioner.

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